Nov 17, 2008
Chapel Hill, N.C. — North Carolina center Tyler Hansbrough still has not recovered from a stress reaction in his right shin and will not play Tuesday against Kentucky, UNC coach Roy Williams said Monday.
The Tar Heels play Kentucky at 9 p.m. in the Smith Center.
"There's not really any change, and he will not play," Williams said.
Williams said he anticipated going with the same starting lineup from Saturday, when UNC beat Penn in its opening game. Freshman Tyler Zeller started at center with Hansbrough out.
Williams said he didn't know yet if Hansbrough would be ready to play Friday at UC-Santa Barbara.
Williams spent much of his news conference Monday expressing concern about Carolina’s rebounding. Hansbrough led the ACC last year in rebounding at 10.2 rebounds per game.
The Tar Heels outrebounded Penn 42-32, led by freshman Ed Davis’ 14 rebounds. Zeller had only two.
“I told Big Z, ‘Hey, you’ve got to get more than two rebounds,’” Williams said.
On another injury note, Williams said Marcus Ginyard is “probably a little behind schedule.” Ginyard had surgery Oct. 8 for a stress fracture in his left foot and was expected to miss eight weeks. However, Williams said, “He’s completely out of the boot now and so I think he’ll start improving rapidly.”